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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
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I like Samantha Moon, I really do. I think she is well written and I will continue to buy her series ( as well as Knighthorse, who I really love.)
BUT! At the end of this book I could practically hear the music swelling, and the cue "Please stay tuned for the next installment of Samantha Moon!" Love a good backstory and tend to read series from beginning to most recent installment but this was a
little too much. A good stand alone story will often bring more readers in, because they like a character and not everyone starts at the beginning!
Now. That said. This is a very creative author who is using Kindle and various eReaders to their very best. Very strong Urban Fantasy and compelling characters, who I care about. LOVED the crossover with some of my other fave characters ( oh YES! Elvis is in the building!) Mr Rain has obvious chops and I'm looking forward to whatever he does next.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I love the Samantha Moon series. I'm one of those people who have bought into the terrific cliffhanger endings the author as created and I want very badly to read more of the spin-off series he seems to be creating with the addition of each new character. I do agree that Fang is creepy -- I want Samantha to realize this too and I hope she will in time as one of J.R. Rain's upcoming plots. So why did I only give this book 2 stars? I was desperately reading to get to the end of the book to find out what happens and the author leaves us Kindle readers hanging at 88% of the book's completion. Wonder what the other 12% of the book is? It's the free samples of nearly ALL HIS OTHER KINDLE BOOKS! This was annoying in the second book and equally annoying now in the 3rd one. I understand not everyone reads a book or watches a movie like I might, but I'm not arrogant enough to think I'm the only person who enjoys a mystery, gauging the pages left, the minutes left, the percent of file left, to continually readjust my thoughts on who did what and try to figure out what will happen next. That's a lot of the pleasure in reading this genre. If the book winds down at 85% it's like someone screaming "April's Fool!"

The publisher, author, Amazon, whoever that decided filling the end of the book up with all this repeated material is doing a disservice to the Samantha Moon series. At $3.99 for the books, I still feel like I had a good read, but it really is annoying to know that the end of the book I'm reading is "bottom" heavy with marketing material. Amazon's search technology makes it easy to find the author's other works. I don't need the first chapter of every single one thrown into the end of all his books that I'm buying.

To the powers-that-be, please stop doing this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
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It wasn't a short book but it was so good I couldn't put it down and now I have to wait for the next one. It seems like I waited forever for this book to come out, but i read it in one sitting. I loved the book though and cant wait to read the next one and find out what happens with Sam and Fang.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
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i bought this book the day it came out. i couldn't believe who Fang turned out to be, i definitely was soo not expecting it! of course it end with a cliffhanger that is driving me crazy trying to figure out what will happen next. i am definitely looking forward to the next book and will once again be buying it the day it comes out!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
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I read this book today in about 3 hours! I admit, I am hooked on this series and Mr. Rain, I do NOT think I can wait til December for the next book!!! Samantha Moon is just one of those characters that you have to love; you just can't help yourself. I wasn't crazy about the ending, though. You could have at least told us what her decision was!!! However, I know that is how you keep us all coming back for more. And trust me, I will!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
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This 3rd in the Samantha Moon series is heartbreaking, funny, and a great continuation in Samantha's life. My only complaint is that it was read too soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2011
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The third book in this great series is the best yet. I don't know how he does it, but J.R. keeps raising the bar. Don't want to give anything away, but all of you J.R. Rain fans are in for a special treat. The only down side to this book is it ends much too soon and now we will have to wait (impatiently) for the next installment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
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The Samantha moon books are outstanding. J.R. Rain is an excellent writer. This is one of my favorite series. If you are looking for something new and fresh this series will not disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
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Great book..... A series to read.... I enjoy every page... And I can not wait to the next book!!!! really great Author!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
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I love J. R. Rain's books and writing style. This is a fun read, and I won't repeat all the detailed praise that everyone else has offered. I would, however, like to point out one issue that I haven't heard from others. In general, J.R. Rain's books are short. In fact, they are even shorter than they appear because they are all padded out with sample chapters from other books.

Rain's books are bargain priced, and they are definitely worth the price. However, since the books are on the short side, my opinion is that the price is realistic, but not the bargain that it seems. I still recommend your buy the book(s); however, along the lines of truth in advertising I wanted you to know what you are getting. As an example, this book is 73,642 words, and if you remove the front matter and the sample chapters at the end, the actual story is 68,770.

As a comparison, I pulled another random book out of my library, Patricia Briggs "River Marked". Briggs book was 92,560 words in total and 91,903 if you pull out all of the front matter and stuff.

Finally, the best way to buy Rain's books may be through Rain's 'boxed' sets. Even though it is titled a boxed set, it is actually an electronic (Kindle) copy. Rain's boxed set offers six kindle books for one price that is lower than if you purchase each book individually. To find them, click on the authors name (J.R. Rain) at the top of the page. This will bring you to a page with all of Rain's books. You should be able to read through the list to find the boxed sets.
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